Driving and Motability

This information applies to England and Wales.

There are over 1 million disabled motorists in the UK. Having your own vehicle through the Motability scheme may be the best option for you. You can either drive it yourself or have someone drive it for you.

Warning Waiting lists

Contact Motability if you need advice on your current lease or on getting a new car.

Vehicle supply issues and delays (Motability)

Getting a vehicle through Motability

You can lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme if you’ve been awarded:

You pay to join the scheme using the mobility components of your DLA or PIP. The scheme does not pay for your fuel, but does cover:

  • insurance, including tyre and windscreen replacement cover 
  • breakdown cover 
  • vehicle tax

The Motability Scheme

Help with the cost of owning a vehicle

You do not need to be a member of Motability to:

Driving lessons

If you are a Motability customer, the charity may pay for up to 40 hours of driving lessons.

Driving lessons (Motability)

There is help available from other motoring organisations:

Disability driving instructors

Disabled Motoring UK

Adapting your car

Driving Mobility can assess what kind of adaptations you might need. There are regional driving assessment centres across the UK and many have outreach centres. As well as adaptations, they will also assess your ability to drive.

Ask them to advise you on who can fit your adaptation. You should always get at least 2 quotes on how much it will cost. 

Driving Mobility

Blue Badges and parking

If your condition means that you find it hard to get around, you may be able to get a Blue Badge. This helps you park nearer to places you want to go. 

Apply for the Blue Badge scheme (GOV.UK)

Where Blue Badge holders can park (GOV.UK)

There is no right to appeal a Blue Badge decision but you can ask your local authority to review it.

BlueBadgeParking is a free, crowd-sourced, not-for-profit map of accessible parking around the world.

People's Parking helps disabled people find an accessible car park.

Find a disabled friendly car park (Disabled Parking Accreditation)

Last reviewed by Scope on: 22/05/2023

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